If you are like me and you like to work out at home it only takes a small amount of equipment and money to create a small home gym. If you are just getting started with exercising or with creating a home gym start here with my post on Home Gym Basics. This will give you some basic equipment to get you started.
In this post I will show you some great equipment to buy when you’re ready to spend a little more money and looking to challenge your fitness level in a new and different way.
The first exercise equipment is an exercise ball.The exercise ball is great because it can function as a workout bench. You can do both seated exercises like bicep curls or laying flat like chest flys. It also works great for ab and core exercises. These balls come in different sizes based on a person’s height and specific exercises you want to do. I am 5′ 3″ and I use a small and medium sized ball based on what exercises I am doing. Make sure you buy the one best fitted to you and the intended exercises.
The next two items are kettle bells and workout bands.
Kettle bells are great for fitness because most of the moves involved use almost your entire body in the movement. Most movements involve your low back, core, legs and shoulders. I suggest starting out slowly with the movements and then working your way into more advanced moves. Form is very important to avoid injury. Fitness bands are great for resistance training, and great for travel. I took my fitness bands with me the last time I visited my grandma. I was able to do a great upper body workout with just these bands. You can anchor them around a door knob, stair railing, or any heavy or secured object. Make sure you buy a set that has different levels of resistance so you can move up in resistance as you get stronger
The last two are the aerobic step and my new favorite the Bosu ball.
The aerobic step can be used for cardiovascular moves, exercises for the lower body and as a workout bench for lifting weights, similar as exercises described earlier with the exercise ball.
The Bosu ball has similar features to an exercise ball and an aerobic step. The Bosu ball challenges your core with almost any exercise you do. Almost all exercises you can do on an aerobic step you can do on a Bosu, plus the idea that I get to bounce on it makes it feel like I am not really even exercising. It can also function for doing seated ab exercises like you would on the exercise ball.
If you are in the market for some new exercise equipment I hope these pictures and descriptions have helped you out some. If you have some exercise equipment that you love that I haven’t featured here would love to hear about your experience with it.